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After 17 years of rising to utterly dominate the U.S. “green car” landscape, the Toyota Prius Liftback has hit a plateau and may actually finish 2017 as a second-best seller. An unthinkable prospect before this year, just one year ago, the car that’s come to symbolize the word “hybrid” still enjoyed two-and-a-half times the sales […]

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If a disinformation and error-filled video co-sponsored by a front group for oil merchants the Koch Brothers has its way, people will want to think twice about “dirty” electric cars. Making the rounds by a coordinated effort including sponsored Facebook posts widely disseminated, and being picked up here and there by media, the video decries […]

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Today along with the unveiling of its 10th-generation Accord lineup, Honda revealed its again-revised Accord Hybrid. The Accord Hybrid was only first released in 2015, then pulled from sales for 2016 as the automaker revised it for 2017 – and brought production to Japan and closer to suppliers – and now again, it has been […]

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U.S. Tesla buyers have counted on a $7,500 federal tax credit for a few years now, but the automaker is due to hit a 200,000-unit threshold at which point they’ll begin to fade away.

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If you’ve grown accustomed to only tepid efforts by European automakers in bringing all-electric cars to market, that’s due to change. Out of a baker’s dozen list of over 13 EVs projected with more than 200 miles due by 2021, all but cars from Hyundai and Kia plus the Ford Model E crossover – which […]

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With calendar year 2017 half way over, U.S. plug-in electrified sales are at an all time high. From January through June, sales for most models are up, and a couple new models to the top-five roster have helped with the total. As of the end of June, the U.S. has purchased 87,307 plug-in electrified vehicles […]

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If the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius are presented as solutions to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it may be a toss-up which one wins. This is according to the U.S. EPA’s fueleconomy.gov website which lets consumers determine tailpipe plus upstream emissions, and the difference on a nationally averaged basis is negligible, while regional variations see […]

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Last week at the 9th annual REFUEL all-electric time trials at California’s Mazda Raceway, Billy Kwan grabbed first place in his category driving a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. In the process, he set a new track record at 1:56.619, actually beating every Tesla entry from last year’s race, but not this time. The Monterey track, […]

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No other automaker has been nearly as successful in proliferating hybrids as Toyota, but a few are determined to change that. Entering this year, Toyota proclaimed it had sold 10 million hybrids globally since introducing the 1997 Japan-market Prius, and in North America the count is over 3.2 million, but signs of weakening can be […]

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When Toyota releases its next-generation 2018 Camry Hybrid this summer, eyes will be on how it does in taking back sales in the competitive midsized hybrid sedan segment. To come in three trim levels, the most-efficient and base-level 52-mpg LE will match the fuel economy of the 52-mpg Prius – a remarkable 30-percent better than […]

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